Cable Well-Represented at Golden Globes


Led by FX’s Nip/Tuck, cable grabbed six of the 11 statues in the TV categories at Sunday night’s 62nd Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.

The plastic-surgeon series was named TV’s top drama by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, topping last year’s winner, Fox’s 24, as well as the Emmy Award victor, the fifth season of Home Box Office’s mob dramedy, The Sopranos. The premium network’s rookie Western, Deadwood, and ABC’s Lost were also nominated in this category.

HBO did score with Deadwood as Ian McShane, who plays the town’s lecherous bordello proprietor, Al Swearengen, won best actor in a drama series. McShane beat out a trio of FX nominees: Michael Chiklis for gritty cop show The Shield, Julian McMahon for Nip/Tuck and Denis Leary for firehouse drama RescueMe. Boston Legal’s James Spader was also in the hunt here.

McShane’s victory was one of four for HBO, the most of any network, which also set the paces in terms of nominations with 20 overall. The premium kingpin also garnered laurels with The Life and Death of Peter Sellers for miniseries or TV movie; Geoffrey Rush for actor for his portrayal of the late comedian; and Angelica Huston as supporting actress in series, miniseries or TV for her work in telefilm Iron Jawed Angels.

Huston triumphed over three other cable entries: Drea De Matteo (The Sopranos) and Emily Watson and Charlize Theron (both for Sellers). Nicollette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives -- which was the only other project to gain two statues, best comedy and Teri Hatcher as best actress in a comedy series -- was also nominated here.

Cable’s victory was assured in the actor, movie segment as Mos Def (HBO’s Something the Lord Made), Jamie Foxx (FX’s Redemption), William H. Macy (Turner Network Television’s The Wool Cap) and Patrick Stewart (Showtime’s The Lion in Winter) were also considered.

While Stewart may have had discontent for Winter, Showtime was crowned with cable’s only other Globe for its remake as Glenn Close, who is joining the fourth-season cast of FX’s The Shield, was the winner in actress miniseries or TV-movie category.

The other TV winners were: Fox’s Arrested Development as best comedy series (HBO was represented by the last season of Sex and the City and the freshman turn of Entourage); Mariska Hargitay as best actress drama for NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; and William Shatner for supporting actor, series, miniseries or movie for his portrayal of Denny Crane in ABC’s Boston Legal.